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Ant-war activists here in Stockholm early yesterday evening (Novermber 28, 2012) urged their government to stop producing and exporting weapons. The activists staged their protest outside at a defense fair which is entitled "the Future Defense & Security", Nordic's largest ever fair held in Sweden where more than 1000 people from around the world were attending the fair. Members of the Facebook group "stop the death fair" during the fair's second day staged a mass deaths in that harsh weather which participants laid themselves outside the exhibition hall and played dead for 10 minutes to symbolize victims in various countries across the globe who are/were affected by Swedish weapon exports. A local amateur band played a kind of funereal song which reflects human suffering due to weapons used in various parts of the earth. The organizer, Swedish Peace, on the occasion said weapons factories in Sweden can be converted in to various civilian facilities to improve the livelihood of humankind. Reports shows that Sweden's Arms exports have more than quadrupled over the past decade, from just over three billion to over 13 billion. This represents an increase of over 300 percent. The five largest recipients of military armaments from Sweden in 2011 were in order Thailand, Saudi Arabia, India, Pakistan and Britain. These five countries alone accounted for 60 percent of exports.